F For Fake

F For Fake

Having begun his filmmaking career with the groundbreaking Citizen Kane, Orson Welles conjured up, in the last decade of his life, another hugely innovative masterpiece. 4.0 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
F For Fake

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Orson Welles
Cast Orson Welles, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Oja Kodar
Studio BFI Distribution
Release Date August 2012
Running Time 84 mins
 

Having begun his filmmaking career with the groundbreaking Citizen Kane, Orson Welles conjured up, in the last decade of his life, another hugely innovative masterpiece.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

Welles’s last major film cartwheels through magic, sex and pranks in a cadenza of virtuoso editing. Thirty-nine years on, it’s as vivacious as ever.

23/08/2012

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Orson Welles always claimed his purest love was magic. Not in the ‘Harry Potter’ sense – Welles’s favoured form was misdirection, sleight of hand, a craft he associated closely with cinema, and which found its fullest expression in his final completed film, a gloriously sly and slippery ‘documentary’.

21/08/2012

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

A masterclass in movie-making and mischief.

20/08/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A film about illusions with apparently no illusions of its own,but one that conceals a wintry sadness about Welles's life in the make-believe and trickery of the movies.

23/08/2012

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

Welles signals at the outset that he's a thoroughly unreliable narrator. The provenance of the film is hard to ascertain. Welles commandeered the footage from François Reichenbach's TV documentary about the art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer Clifford Irving and then proceeded to add to it.

24/08/2012

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Total Film

Kevin Harley

The greatest trick [Welles] pulls is making you think he’s not genuine: beneath befuddling, bracing digressions on Picasso, Howard Hughes, biography, confidence tricks, growing beards and “girl-watching” lies a searching interrogation of ideas of authorship.

10/08/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Intriguingly off-beat if not major Welles.

24/08/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Romney

F For Fake is fleet of thought, and wonderfully entertaining, living up to its theme by pulling the wool over our eyes shamelessly. Welles reveals cinema itself as an outrageous scam. While celebrating the art of fraud, it warns against believing magicianly liars, either in movies or in life.

26/08/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

At times T for tedious and P for pretentious, the film remains essential viewing for admirers of the great cineaste and showman.

26/08/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Welles poses the question, is all art a lie? Or is the art itself the only relevant truth? Then he winks at the camera and, with a swish of his cape, is gone.

24/08/2012

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